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" To the Right Honourable the Lords Com " Houses, or the Approaches thereto, we think Two
“ mittees for inspecting and preserving Re- " Hundred Pounds a Year may be accounted a reasonable
“ Rate. Sir John alio affuring us, lie hath been offered
" that Sum as a Ground-rent, by Builders : We humbly “ The Representation of Sir fohn Cotton Ba
“ conceive, if Her Majesty shall be advised, and inclined
to do any Thing in this Matter, it will be better to purchase the Fee-simple (the Value whereof we
“ estimate at Four Thousand Pounds), than charge the
" the Estate stands entailed, such Purchase must be
819 Mareh 1705.
“ Car. Wreg."
To the Right Honourable the Lords Committees Sir J. Cotton's “ Mansion-bouse and Gardens, together with the said
for preserving Records.
Second Pro“ Library, are, by the same Act, vested in Trustees, to
poial: “ the Use of the Heirs Males of the Family and Name;
“ Sir John Cotton being defired to give in Writing a
“Ground is capable of great Improvements, by the
might contain Four and Twenty Houses, to which
the Ayenue, or coming, would be of wonderful Con-
“ vantage of the Public, he is contented that and would go directly out of the Parliament-house
“ his Ancestors to the Public, and for such oiher Uses
" to which Her Majesty may think fit to convert the
" House of Lords and House of Commons would have
“ had not Sir John Cotton's Ancestors consented to
“ built upon this Ground of his, for the better Meet
« ing of the Two Houses in the Painted Chamber; and “May it please your Lordships,
being likewise sensible of the great Prejudice that
“ might accrue to the Public, if it thould fall into other "We have, in Obedience to your Lordships. Com.“ Hands, or should be converted to other Uses, than “ mands of Saturday laft, discoursed with Sir John Cota
“ what it serves for at present; and that no Improveton about the Purchase of Cotton-Houfe and Gardens,
“ment can be made to the Conveniencies of either
“ Houses, without this Spot of Ground; and because
“ Satisfaction of Her Majesty and both Houses :
Upon all which considerations, the Parties con-
“ cerned hope that it will not be thought unbuilding, we have viewed the Premises, and con
“ reasonable, by the Right Honourable Com“ fidered what Improvement of that Kind the Ground
" mittee, to allow Sir John Cotton and his Fa“ is capable of; and are of Opinion, there is Room
“ mily, that have been such considerable Be“ for erecting Sixteen Houses, which may possibly
“ nefactors to the Public, Four Hundred Pounds
per Annum for the same."
"To the Right Honourable the Lords Committees DIE Lunæ, 18° Martii.
“ The further Representation of Sir John Cotton
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes
“ Whereas it has been thought very much for the Epus. Exon. “ Advantage of the Public, that the said Sir John Epus. Sarum. “ Cotton should (as far as in him lies, and is consistent Epus. Petriburg. “ with the former Act of Parliament) convey to Her Epus. Bangor.
Majesty the Cotton-house and Garden, that better Epus. Lincoln. “ Conveniencies may be made for the Cottonian Library: « Now the same Principle, which generously moved his « Grandfather to bestow the most valuable Collection * of Antiquities (now any where extant) to the Pub“ lic, has excited him to concur in every Thing for " the better Advancement of his Grandfather's Inten« tions; therefore he thewed his Readiness to enter into
any Treaty in that Behalf, and thereon made Pro
posals for an Yearly Rent to be paid, according to “ the Limitations in the said A&t: But, finding that a “ Consideration to be immediately paid down will be
more convenient for the Public; and the Ground be“ ing, on a Survey, allowed to be worth at least Four “ Thousand Pounds, besides the Buildings thereon; he
now proposes the Sum of Five Thousand Pounds, being resolved to do his utmost that the Library
may be forthwith made (as was first designed) most « serviceable and useful to the Public; and offers fur“ ther, to do every Thing in his Power, so as the Will « and Intentions of his Grandfather about the said “ Library, confirmed in the said Act, be at all Times
punctually observed, which he shall ever think him** self indispensably obliged to perform in all Particulars. “ The Value here computed is no more than it would “ yield to a private Purchaser, without any Regard s to its Situation for the Service of the Public ; and, " he believes, your Lordships will be of Opinion, that “ this Sum is the lowest Rate he can reasonably accept, for the Buildings and Grounds belonging
PRAYERS. < thereto.
Ds. Custos Magni
Ds. Berkeley Ber. Ds. Godolphin, The- Ds. Fitzwalter. faurarius.
Ds. Wharton. Comes Pembroke, Ds. North & Grey. Præses.
Ds. Poulett. Dux Devonshire, Se. Ds. Vaughan. nescallus.
Ds. Dartmouth. Dux Somerset.
Ds. Guilford. Dux Bolton.
Ds. Cholmondeley. Dux Marlborough.
Ds. Herbert. Comes Kent, Came- Ds. Sommers. rarius.
Their Lordships, or any Five of them; to meet
Hodie za vice lečia eft Billa, intituled, “ An Act for To-morrow, at Ten a Clock in the Forenoon, “ Sale of the Manor of Eastevening, and other Lands in the Prince's Lodgings near the House of “ and Hereditaments, in Swineshead, in the County of Peers; and to adjourn as they please.
“ Lincolne, late the Estate of Christopher Fairfax Gentle
man, deceased, for Payment of Debts, and Benefit
" of his Children.” Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum effe usque ad et in diem
The Question was put,
" Whether this Bill fall Lunæ, decimum octavum diem instantis Martii, hora
“ pass?" undecima Auroræ, Dominis fic decernentibus.
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
" I thank you for your Care in this Matter ; and will “ The Committee afterwards spoke with Sir John
" this Matter to some good Conclusion, for the Public
Service ; and, upon discourting with them, Sir John
“ offered a Second Proposal to the Committee, which is
“ likewise annexed to this Address. printed. poral in Parliament assembled, That the Lord Keeper
of the Great Seal of England do give Order, that the
« May it please Your Majesty,
to The House having approved of the Proceedings published.
" of the Committee ; we, the Lords Spiritual and TemAddress for
“poral, do humbly lay this whole Matter before Your The Lord Halifax reported from the Lords Com
Majesty ; being very desirous that fo great a Treasure of Corton mittees for preserving Records, an Address drawn by “ of Books and Manuscripts, so generously given for house, to keep them, relating to the Cottonian Library. the Library in.
of the Public Service, miglı not remain any longer. Which was read, and agreed to, as follows; (vi useless, and in Danger of perilhing for Want of due delicet,)
« Care. And we can have no other Retort but to Your
Majesty's Goodness upon this Occalion.
“ We are not without Hopes, that Your Majesty
may be induced to order this Purchase to be made, " Public Papers in Offices, and how they are kept,
when we consider that it will be to the Honour of “ and to consider of Ways to remedy what thall be “ Your Majelty's Reign, to have given thereby to Your “ found amiss: They reported to us, That they had taken “ own Subjects, and to all Learned Strangers, the real, 66 into Consideration the State and Condition of the
“ Use of this most valuable Collection; and that the
" the Use and Convenience of both Houses of Parlia-,
“ We are sensible, that the last Proposal of Sir Fobn
“ Cotton is higher than Your Majesty's Surveyors judge “ that there is no way or Passage to it set out, as the
“ reasonable : But we humbly hope that this will not “ Act did direct, so that no Persons can resort to it ;
“ divert Your Majesty from any Gracious Purpose You " that there is no Library-keeper appointed, to inspect
may have to hearken to this our humble Address; not " and take care of the Manuscripts; nor any Orders
“ only upon the Account of what we have before, “ or Rules appointed, for the reading or using the
“ mentioned, but because the whole Advantage of “ fame; and that the Public is wholly deprived of
“ the Price will come to the Family, who have given
“ this great Treasure of Books to the Use of the
“ The Committee, thinking it did deserve their ut It is. ORDERED;-by the Lords Spiritual and Tempo
most Care, that this Library should not continue in ral in Parliament assembled, That the Lord High Trea" this useless State, went themselves to view the Room furer of England do attend Her Majesty, with the Ad“ where it is kept, and to see what convenient Way dress of this House, agreed to this Day, relating to the :7,19
might be set out for a Passage to it. The Place wherein Cottonian Library,
Which was read, and agreed to, as follows; (vi-
jects, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament
“ from John Graves, the Collector of Your Majesty's “ of the Benefactor ; and therefore they proposed to
" Custoins in The Bahama Ipands, in Behalf of him“ foipe of the Relations, to set a moderate Price upon
“ self and other Your Majesty's distressed Subjects in " the House and Garden (which are adjoining to the
“ the said Ilands; and having appointed a Committee, * Two Houses of l'arliament, and might be of great
to hear him, and others, who have lately been Inhaii Ule to the l'ublic upon many accounts, as well as for
« bitants in the Isle of Providence, and have traded “ a Repository of the faid Library), in order that the " thither; they have reported to us, That they do find, “ same might be again vested in the Crown.
“ that the French and Spaniards have Twice in this
“ War over-run and plundered the same ; and that the “ Accordingly, a Proposal was made, in Writing, by
« Governor hath deferted the Place; and that there is no " Sir Jol Cotton, which we take Leave, to annex to
« Form of Government remaining amongst them. They " Liis Address; which Proposal the Committee delivered
“ find likewise, that the Situation of those Iands is to Your Majesty's Surveyor General of the Lands,
very convenient for protecting and securing our own and to the Surveyor General of the Buildings; who,
Ships, and annoying those of the Enemy; and that “ having viewed the Premises, made their Report, in
“ the Harbour in the Island of New Providence may 4. Writing, to the Committee, which is also annexed
easily be put in a Posture of Defence; and that it 16 to this Address.
66 would be of dangerous Consequence, if it lhould fall
into the Hands of the Enemy; and that the fame D 1 E Martis, 19° Marri.
R E E G 1 N A.
“ has for
ment to it :
“ May it please Your Moft Excellent Majesty,
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes
Ds. Custos Magni
Ds. Berkeley Ber. “ Islands into Your Hands, in order to secure the same Epus. Roffen.
Ds. Godolphin, Thë- Ds. Fitzwalter. to the Crown of England, and to the Safety and Epus. Exon.
Ds. Wharton. “ Advantage of the Trade of Your Subjects.”
Comes Pembroke, Ds. Howard Eiff Epus. Ceftr.
Ds. North & Grey. It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Tem. Epus. Lich. & Cov.
Dux Devonshire, Ds. Chandos.
Senescallus. Ds. Poulett.
Dux Bolton. Militia Bill,
The House proceeded to take into Consideration the Lords do not
Ds. Dartmouth. their Amend- tituled, “ An Act for raising the Militia for the Year
Comes Kent, Cáme. Ds. Stawell. " One Thousand Seven Hundred and Six, notwith
Ds. Guilford.! “ standing the Month's Pay formerly advanced be not
Ds. Herbert. re-paid ;, and for an Accompt to be made of Trophy
Comes Bridgewater. Ds. Sommers, « monies."
Comes Westmorland. Ds. Granville.
Comes Kingston. Message to Then, a Message was sent to the House of Commons
Comes Sunderland. quaint them by Sir Johni Francklyn and Sir Richard Holford :
Comes Plimouth. thence, with Poulteney and others :
Comes Scarbrough. “ better and speedier manning Her Majesty's Fleet ;"
Viscount Say & Seale
Viscount Townshend. crease of, Bill: " Fleet.”
H. C. to ac
ment and In
attend this House To-morrow, at Eleven a Clock; and
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and pat Low Wines, into a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, *: An Act &c. Bill.
“ for laying further Duties on Low Wines; and for Adjourn.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Par: “ preventing the Damage to Her Majesty's Revenue,
«. the Duties on Births, Burials, and Marriages, and
priating the Public Monies granted in this Sellion of
After some Time, the House was resumed,
And the Earl of Scarbrough reported, “ That the " Committee had gone through the said Bill; and think " it fit to pass, without any Amendment.”
Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, “ An Ad for “ the Encouragement and Increase of Seamen ; and “ for the better and speedier manning Her Majesty's
the Bill for
Hodie za vice lećta est Billa, intituled, “ An A& for
The Question was put, “ Whether this Bill fhall " laying further Duties on Low Wines; and for pre
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
ORDERED, The Commons have Notice, that the
, without any Amend-
by Mr. Poultney and others :
H. C. for a
Conference on The Question was put, 6. Whether this Bill shall
To desire a Conference, upon the Subject-matter of Amendment
a former Conference, touching the Amendments made of the Law, It was Resolved in the Affirmative
&c. by the Commons to the Bill, intituled, “ An Act for the
" Amendment of the Law, and the better Advancement ORDERED, The Commons have Notice, that the
“ of Justice.” Lords have agreed to the said Bill, without any Amend
To which the House agreed. Debentures on
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and put Irish forfeited
Then the Commons were called in ; and told, “ That Efates, Bill. into a Committee upon the Bill, intituled, “ An A& to
“ enlarge the Time for registering unsatisfied Deben “ the Lords agree to a Conference; and appoint it at
tures upon forfeited Estates in Ireland ; and for re “ Two a Clock this Day, in the Painted Chamber.”
The House being moved, “ That an humble Ad- Manning the
“ dress be made to Her Majesty, That Her Majesty Fleet, Address After some Time, the House was resumed.
“ would please to appoint such Persons as Her Ma
jesty shall think most proper for that Purpose, to And the Earl of Torrington reported, “ That the “ consider of the most effectual Means for manning “ Committee had gone through the said Bill; and think " the Fleet, for the Encouragement and Increase of the “ it fit to pass, without any Amendment.'
“ Number of Seamen, and for the restoring and pre
serving the Discipline of the Navy, in order that
To which the House agreed ; and appointed the
Lords following to draw the said Address ; (vi
“ the Encouragement and Increase of Seamen ; and
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, Message from by Mr. Nevill and others :
H. C. to reAfter Debate ;
turn the Banka To return the Bill, inciculed, “ An Act to prevent The Question was put,
" Whether this Bill Ihall “ Frauds frequently committed by Bankruprs;" and “ be committed 251...
to acquaint this House, that they have agreed to their It was Resolved in the Negative.
Lordlhips Amendments made to the said Bill.
ment and In
The Question was put, “ Whether this Bill fhall
The Commons being come to the Conference, the “ be now read the Third Time ?"
· last Managers Names were read. It was Resolved in the Affirmative.